Guys. I get it. Stress/anxiety is a part of every life. I may have not believed this before high school/college. But guys. It's true. So true. For me, some of the most stressful situations are competitions, standarized tests, and new and unfamiliar environments, such as a new school. However, there are effective ways for dealing with this. I'm not claiming to be an expert, but I've used these tips and personally vouch for them.
1. Pick out your outfit the night before.
Do it. I always lay my clothes on my chair the day before. In the morning you will have ENOUGH STRESS and you don't need to have any more than necessary. Also, this helps eliminate problems like your only good nylons are ripped or your favorite shirt is in the wash.
2. Know everything you possibly can.
Know where to park. print out maps. print out admissions slips/tickets. PRINT IT OUT WHATEVER IT IS. Because you don't want the possibility of your phone running out of battery/no reception or whatever.
3. Make notes to yourself.
For example, I sometimes will put post it notes all over my room saying things like ACT TICKET or REMEMBER PIANO MUSIC BOOKS. It will give you a peace of mind so you can sleep the night before with out worrying that you'll forget something important.
4. Exercise hard.
Unless it's something at like 4 in the morning, get up and exercise before hand. I like to run 2 miles and that gets rid of a lot of nervous energy and releases happy endorphins. Maybe you like zumba. Maybe you like speed walking. Maybe you like weight lifting. Whatever it is, do it before your big event.
5. Think in the moment.
You can't change the past. You can't change the future (in the sense that the future is not here yet and therefore you don't have any control over it). All you have is this moment. Stressing over what is yet to come will only increase your anxiety. How I do this is usually with one of my favorite TV shows, a microwave brownie, and lots of laundry. This is my chill. I love to fold laundry (one of my deepest secrets, ya'all.) and make order out of the mess, and watching a show forces me to focus on the moment, and the brownie helps me enjoy it. Cheers all around.
6. It's OKAY to fail.
I can't really say anything about this except it won't be the end of the world if you don't make the finals or you don't get your goal score. Whatever. It might take you a while to come to grips with this, maybe a few weeks or months. It will come, and you'll grow and be a better person because of it.
7. Try a Power Pose.
Have I ever told you how much I love TED talks? I can get sucked in and watch them for hours. This TED talk was assigned by my speech teacher and can apply to any situation, I believe: The Power of Body Language.
8. Embrace Stress.
Again, love those TED talks. This one is particularly eye opening. I love it: How to Make Stress Your Friend.
Anywhoo... let me know if you have anything that helps you chill/ reduces anxiety.